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Truck accident damages 10 vehicles, kills 1 and injures 7 others

The formidable size and power of a commercial truck, and its potential to wreak havoc in an accident, was tragically apparent recently on a California highway when a tractor-trailer rig went out of control and crashed into a line of traffic.

By the time the rig stopped, it had damaged 10 other vehicles, killing one person and leaving another in critical condition with a lacerated liver. Six others were injured in the accident. 

One witness said that the truck just rolled over the line of vehicles in its path. The driver who died was in the fifth vehicle in the line. He was ejected and was dragged by the truck along with his vehicle. While investigators are not sure of the cause of the accident, they have confirmed that the driver of the rig was not intoxicated. Portions of Highway 17, which is traveled by about 54,000 vehicles each weekday, were closed for almost 10 hours because of the multi-vehicle accident.

Truck accidents in which a commercial vehicle driver is believed to have been the cause frequently raise questions of possible liability not only on the part of a possibly inattentive truck driver, but also of the company that owns the truck.

Operators of commercial vehicles can suffer from a variety of distractions, including truck driver fatigue caused by long hours on the road. But even if the driver was not negligent, other potential causes, such as negligent truck maintenance by company mechanics, may implicate the trucking company and create the potential for possible civil lawsuits for negligence, personal injury and wrongful death.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "One person dead, seven hurt after big rig crashes into 10 vehicles on Highway 17," Mark Gomez and Katie Nelson, July 10, 2014

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